Kentucky Derby Museum's signature exhibit, It's My Derby

The Kentucky Derby Museum invites both professionals and amateurs to enter their hats for inclusion in the 2019 “It’s My Derby” fashion exhibit. The hat contest is a signature element of the exhibition which strives to capture the spirit associated with the landmark sport and cultural event that is the Kentucky Derby.

All hat entries are judged by an expert panel where 15-20 hats are selected for display in the Museum exhibit for one year. There is a ‘Judges’ Choice’ Award for best overall entry and a ‘Most Representative of Derby’ Award, presented to the hat that best captures the essence of the Kentucky Derby, plus an ‘Employees’ Choice’ Award.

Contact for questions:
Jessica Whitehead, Museum Collections Manager


This following show the winners of the 2018 Hat Contest:

Hat Contest 2018